Often the preferred treatment is to let the condition resolve itself. However, especially in adults, the bumps are often removed surgically to prevent transmission. Methods used include:
Medications used to remove warts may also be recommended.
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Without treatment, healthy people can have symptoms disappear in 6-12 months. However, the virus itself may stay in the person's body for many years.
As the virus is easily spread and not generally covered by condoms, sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms are resolved.
No. The virus has to run its course.
Viral. The infection is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus - a member of the poxvirus family.
Removal. Sometimes no treatment is given. Other times the bumps are removed (scraping, laser, freezing).
6 to 12 months. Untreated symptoms can disappear in 6-12 months.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms have resolved.
Yes. People can be re-infected with the virus repeatedly.